ALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
AMAP V: Army Medical Action Plan; study released by the Army in October 2007 that details the mental health of the Army.
CBOCs: Community Based Outpatient Clinics, smaller health clinics run by the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).
CHAMPVA: Civilian Health and Medical Program of VA
Claim: A formal disability request routed through the DVA.
COE: Certificate of Eligibility
C&P: Compensation and Pension
CRDP: Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments
CRSC: Combat-Related Special Compensation
CWT: Compensated Work Therapy
CZTE: Combat Zone Tax Exclusion
DIC: Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
DOD: Department of Defense
FHA: Federal Housing Administration
FSGLI: Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance
HUD: Department of Housing and Urban Development
IRR: Individual Ready Reserve
MGIB: Montgomery GI Bill
MHAT: Military Health Advisory Team. The fifth study was completed in the spring of 2008 and recommended an increase in mental health professionals on the ground during combat, and further follow-up care made available and without stigma to soldiers after they return from war.
MIA: Missing in Action
MTBI: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury; caused from a relatively mild blow to the brain that causes just enough physical injury that normal brain functions of memory, attention, mental organization, and logical thinking may be compromised.
NPRC: National Personnel Records Center
NSLI: National Service Life Insurance
OEF: Operation Enduring Freedom; refers to the military operation in Afghanistan.
OIF: Operation Iraqi Freedom; refers to military operations in Iraq includes casualties that occurred between March 19, 2003, and August 31, 2010, in the Arabian Sea, Bahrain, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Persian Gulf, Qatar, Red Sea, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates. Military service in these locations prior to March 19, 2003 would be considered part of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).
OND: Operation New Dawn; refers to military operations in Iraq that occurred between September 1, 2010, and December 31, 2011, in the Arabian Sea, Bahrain, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Persian Gulf, Qatar, Red Sea, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates.
OPM: Office of Personnel Management
POW: Prisoner of War
PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; an anxiety disorder that can occur after you have been through a traumatic event.
Psychiatric Status: A review of past and current psychological symptoms, and of traumatic experiences during military service.
RIF: Reduction in Force
Sabo: NVLSP's historic class action lawsuit, Sabo v. United States
SAH: Specially Adapted Housing
SBA: Small Business Administration
SGLI: Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance
Social History: A review of family, work, and educational experiences before, during, and after military service.
SSI: Supplemental Security Income
SSB: Special Separation Benefits
S-DVI: Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance
TAP: Transition Assistance Program
TBI: Traumatic Brain Injury; sudden trauma causes damage to the brain.
TSGLI: Traumatic Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance
USCIS: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
USDA: U.S. Department of Agriculture
VA: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
VEAP: Veterans Educational Assistance Program
VEOA: Veterans’ Employment Opportunities Act
VGLI: Veterans’ Group Life Insurance
VHA: Veterans Health Administration
VMET: Verification of Military Experience and Training
VMLI: Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance
VR&E: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
VSI: Voluntary Separation Incentive
VSO: Veterans Service Organization (VFW, American Legion, AmVets). They can provide service officers at no cost to the veteran to help with paperwork involved with filing a claim.
WAAC: Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps